Canon has signed a distribution agreement with 3D Systems, one of the larger players involved in making and selling 3D printers. The deal initially covers sales in the UK and Ireland from the beginning of March, with Canon hoping to extend it across Europe. Canon already has a similar arrangement in Japan.
3DS has a fairly comprehensive portfolio, covering personal 3D printers right up to large production devices. It uses a number of different 3D approaches, including stereolithography and laser sintering as well as multijet printing and plastic jet printing. As well as prototyping, which is still the main use for 3D printing, it’s put a lot of focus on producing on-demand parts for a number of industries from medical through to automotive. Canon is targeting engineering, manufacturing and architectural market segments.